Professor Elise Morgan has been awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Health. This grant will supplement an existing award for a project on using mechanical stimulation to promote bone and cartilage formation. Professor Morgan’s research group uses controlled mechanical loading to modulate the natural healing process that bones undergo following a fracture. The results are used to determine the specific mechanical stimuli that favor bone formation and also those that favor cartilage formation. The findings from this work could lead to significant advances in researchers’ and clinicians’ ability to enhance bone healing and to promote repair of damaged joints. In the newly awarded supplement, Morgan’s research group will using Fourier transform infrared imaging spectroscopy to obtain quantitative measurements of the composition and microstructure of the tissues that form as a result of the mechanical loading.
Funds for the supplemental award were provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.